Notice there is no “we” on this page. Book Silly Jilly, and she is who will be at your party, the entertainer with five-star reviews. Also, if you confirm a few days before your party, be comfortable knowing you have confirmed with the entertainer.
I am vaccinated, including the booster.
With the CDC lifting their mask recommendation, I now no longer wear a mask. If you would like me to take more precautions, please ask, and I’ll be happy to.
(Above written in March 2022.)
My old website is disorganized but still accurate and has more details. http://sillyjillytheclown.homestead.com/SillyJillytheClown.html.
I’m not getting into balloon decor but recommend you hire one of my colleagues who specializes in balloon deliveries, including balloon bouquets and yard art. The below five businesses are excellent at large sculptures and dependable.
You may take photos and videos of my performance, and please share them with friends or the public. Fine with Silly Jilly if you do whatever you want with the photos or videos. When taking photos, remember to stand behind or to the side of Silly Jilly too, and get photos of the party guests’ reactions.
Visit Silly Jilly the plain-clothes balloon artist at Syberg’s in Chesterfield Valley, on Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:30, for a free balloon animal.
Bring the kids to meet Silly Jilly the Clown at Eckert’s Belleville, alternating September and October weekends.
I will travel almost anywhere. For example, I have performed at several Columbia, MO events, the Ste. Genevieve county fair, a company party in Branson, a nursing home in Anna, IL, and birthday parties in Greenville, IL, Carlyle, IL, and Gerald, MO. Call or e-mail for pricing. But for parties located about two hours from Webster Groves (Cape Girardeau, Hannibal, and Springfield, IL), it is Silly Jilly’s regular price ($195 for the first hour, $100 each additional hour) plus a usual travel fee of $80 for a typical weekday and $120 for a typical weekend day with a two-hour minimum, and for every half-hour past two hours, $10 discount.
I even make my amazing balloon animals and hats at adult events, for example, 40th birthday parties and nursing homes.
Ages three to seven especially love my gags and magic show. If you would like me to do my show at an eight, nine, or ten-year-old birthday party, I’ll make my show a little shorter and will still be a success as long as almost all the kids are ten and younger.
I don’t worry about impressing parents with my magic, figuring nothing will be more magical for the parents than the enjoyment I provide the children at the party.
You can either pay me (Venmo @Jill-ColquhounSchmidt, check to Jill Schmidt, or cash) or donate my fee to my Charity:Water fundraiser. If I don’t mention it to you, please let me know you would like to do the donation.
Clients of my colleagues are sometimes required to sign a multi-page contract with a list of rules such as “No videotaping,” and “No food served during the show,” and “No canceling.” I do not make you sign a contract. Also, your adult party guests may talk as much as they want during Silly Jilly’s show. I’ll bring a pa system so the kids can hear.
The only rule I have is for events with over approximately 100 kids, and that is to help to end my balloon line.
I’ll usually send a confirmation letter or text reiterating my end of our discussion.
At events with over 100 kids, I keep my line moving fast by displaying a list of about fifteen quick choices. Examples include swords, unicorn wands, flower bracelets, teddy bears, and dinosaurs. For proof of my 60 balloons per hour speed, click https://youtu.be/zeufqGhRlCU. I’ll be talking with the kids and looking at them as I twist, and when less than six kids in line, occasionally doing gags like “accidentally” letting the balloon go. The little kids think that is hilarious.
It’s not about me showing off how fancy I can make the sculptures. It’s about keeping the line happy and increasing the number of kids who meet a clown.
However, if you prefer, I can do the fancy balloons, for example, Tweety Bird in a cage, and the seventeenth kid will wait about an hour.
The one balloon a minute speed is only for large events with kids in a line. For birthday parties and similar-sized parties, the same sculptures will take about 1.5 minutes per child, for example, 20 kids equals 30 minutes.
I charge $145 for the first half-hour and $50 for each additional half-hour for events located within a 40-minute drive from Webster Groves. Other metro locations are usually just $10 or $20 more, sometimes waved for multi hour bookings.
Events a two-hour drive from St. Louis are approximately $120 more on weekends and $80 more on weekdays with a two-hour minimum.
Events with more kids than minutes I’m there, $30 large event fee if I am making balloon animals.
Events on weekdays and in plain-clothes, $30 discount.
I make balloon animals at Syberg’s restaurant in Chesterfield Valley on Tuesday nights. I’m available most other times.